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Eskom energy crisis far from over

The power utility has once again pleaded with consumers to use electricity sparingly.

Eskom says the next two years are expected to place strain on its energy supply as it awaits the completion of two new power stations. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Although South Africa's power grid has been stabilised, Eskom says the energy crisis is far from over.

The power utility has once again pleaded with consumers to use electricity sparingly.

Eskom says the next two years are expected to place strain on its energy supply as it awaits the completion of two new power stations.

Earlier this month load shedding was rolled out across the country after wet coal supplies slowed down energy production.

Eskom's Andrew Etzinger says, "We're continuing to ask businesses and home owners to please use electricity conservatively. In doing so we certainly will restore the reserve margin to a level where we can avoid load shedding permanently."

Eskom received a timely boost on Sunday in its efforts to meet the power demand when it said its coal supplies were gradually drying after being dampened from weeks of rain across the country.

Etzinger said operations at power stations were expected to return to normal this week.

"We have adequate reserves. In fact the past week has been a lot better than the week before that. For the coming week we would see that the power situation will be stable."

Meanwhile, outgoing Eskom Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Brian Dames on Monday said his replacement had not yet been appointed.

Dames announced his resignation in December after serving just over three years at the helm.